Tomorrow is the start of the end as well as of a new beginning. After six years of a nightmarish ride marked by corruption, incompetence, subservience and insensitivity by an administration run by a cacique leadership, we as a people will wake up to a new dawn of promises and new sights and sounds.
Regardless of its outcome, by the mere fact of its being held, the preliminary or exploratory talks in Oslo between the incoming GPH peace negotiating panel and the NDFP panel last June 14-15 has already earned a distinction of its own in the long history of the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations.
Hundreds of Filipino children were barred from attending class when schools opened this week.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte errs in declaring that most journalists are being killed for being corrupt and in implying that only corrupt journalists have been killed in the Philippines.
The newly elected mayor of Cebu City has an innovative approach to crime control in this central Philippine city: A 50,000 peso (US$1,080) bounty for each “criminal” killed by his police force.
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP)*, the largest ecumenical formation of church leaders in the country today, call on the people to vote for peace.
“What do you say when Mary Jane’s youngest 6 year old son pulls you aside and coyly whispers in a bashful tone: “Atorni, iuwi nyo na nanay ko ah”? ( “Attorney, please bring my mother back home already, ok? “)
AOP stands for and supports universal respect for human rights and human dignity, as we believe that it is the duty of the state to uphold and protect the fundamental rights of its people including freedom of expression and assembly.
Drought is avoidable only if these farmers have access to water services. Poverty and hunger is preventable only if the people have the equal share and access to resources. Disaster is preventable only if the government will provide and do its obligations to its people.
While the farmers’ demands were unquestionably just, the powers-that-be have in the instant answered them with astonishing indifference.